“Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches.” - I Cor. 7:17
Confirmation is the means by which a person becomes a full member of the church. It is the ceremony whereby candidates confirm their commitment to Jesus and the promises made for them or by them in Baptism. During the Confirmation ceremony, the Bishop lays-on hands and prays for strengthening in the Christian life. The congregation joins in prayer for all the candidates.
Confirmation Classes are available to high school-aged students and adults. In the Confirmation Class candidates prayerfully study Biblical truths such as the Trinity, the Old Covenant, the Ten Commandments, Sin and Redemption, the New Covenant, the Creeds, the authority of the Holy Scriptures, the Church, Ministry, Prayer and Worship, the Sacraments of Baptism and Communion, and Christian Hope. Candidates for Confirmation who have not previously been prepared to receive Communion may do so during and after the Confirmation ceremony.
Contact Erin O'Keefe for all the details and check out the New to The Falls Church page too.
The first step towards membership is declaring your Christian baptism. Once your information has been received, you will be recorded as an active baptized voting member of The Falls Church Anglican. Here’s a little more information on baptism and its significance.
Holy baptism is the sacrament by which we celebrate God’s redemption and adoption of us as his children, an outward and visible sign of an inward and spiritual grace in a person’s life and relationship with God. It marks our birth and membership into Christ’s body, the Church, and union with Christ in his death and resurrection, forgiveness of sins, and new life in the Holy Spirit.
If the person baptized is an infant, the sacrament has one meaning. If the person baptized is an adult, the meaning is somewhat different. But whatever the age of the one baptized, baptism is the birth rite of the worldwide Christian church. We know from our own experience that, as we pass from one milestone to the next, some rite is often performed. An immigrant who becomes an American citizen participates in the rite of becoming a citizen. A civilian who joins the armed services participates in a similar rite of passage. The rite speaks to both the individual and the whole community that an important and life-changing moment in a person's life is taking place.
In just the same way, when one becomes a member of the Christian family, either by being born into a Christian home or by deciding for himself that he has come to believe in Christ as his Lord and wants to join the church, a definite rite or ceremony is performed - baptism.
When do you baptize? Baptisms are held at least six times per year (January, March, May, July, August and October). If you are interested in baptism for yourself or your child, the first step in the process is to submit some informational paperwork and request an appointment with the clergy.
What do I need to do? Contact Donna Wills, Baptism coordinator (571-282-0207) to receive baptism information and forms to be completed and returned. After the information is submitted, make an appointment to meet with a clergy member. At the clergy meeting, you will be able to confirm the date for baptism and determine whether any additional requirements are needed prior to that date. Attend two baptismal classes prior to baptism. They are held from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on the two Sunday mornings prior to the baptism date. Attend the baptism rehearsal on the morning of the baptism.
Do we baptize infants? Why? Yes, we do. Infants are baptized so that they can share citizenship in the Covenant membership in Christ and redemption by God. Infant baptism has been a practice of the church throughout most of the church’s history and can be traced back to the second century.
Do we baptize older children and adults? Yes! We love to welcome people into the family of God. Older children and adults also meet with the clergy. At the clergy’s discretion, alternate tasks may be required in order to ensure a person understands the commitment being made.
I have already been baptized in another denomination. Do I need to be re-baptized to join? No. We accept baptism in other denominations of the church as valid, as long as you were baptized with water in the Name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit.
What about godparents? They must be active and instructed members of a Christian church, because they will be making vows that only a strong believer can in good conscience make. We require that they send us a reference from their pastor, if they are not members of The Falls Church Anglican.
Do you have private baptisms? No, baptism is the public rite of initiation into the church, so baptisms are a normal part of our corporate worship as the body of Christ. An exception would be clinical baptism which is administered to the gravely ill.
Do we need to be members? If the parents of children to be baptized are not yet members of The Falls Church Anglican, we ask that they make the commitment to join the church by signing the Declaration of Baptism, and attend the next series of the newcomers course and the confirmation course. However, their child may be baptized before these classes are completed. For information about these classes, contact Erin O'Keefe. Adult baptism candidates should be members or in the process of becoming members of our church.
What is required of us at baptism? It is required that we renounce Satan, repent of our sins, and accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior. Attending two baptism classes, which explain the meaning of this sacrament, is also required. If I have more questions contact Donna Wills, Baptism coordinator (571-282-0207).
We encourage all who consider The Falls Church Anglican to be their spiritual home to become official members of our church! Why become a member? Membership shows that you are committed to and in agreement with The Falls Church Anglican's mission, ministry, and community. As a member you are eligible to:
- participate in the community of worship;
- answer any call to serve or lead in the church;
- vote in local meetings and Vestry elections;
- membership process.
- Transferring membership
If you hold voting membership at another church, regardless of denomination, please let us know and we'll email a form to you. Please contact Stephanie Subu, our database manager. We also encourage you to enroll in our membership and confirmation course. This course is to prepare you for our confirmation service to be formally welcomed into our parish and into the Anglican church generally.